A day at the Races

Last week I celebrated my last Melbourne Cup Race in Australia for a while. Mind you, the fact I’ve never been to Victoria or Flemington Racecourse during Melbourne Cup Carnival never stops me from getting into the spirit!

We had morning tea and lunch at work, where we entered the ‘sweeps’ and I even made a special trip to our local bookies to bet on too many horses. It’s an annual occurrence in Australia and more often than not you will see lads and ladies dressed to the nines throughout Brisbane’s CBD. My hubby’s work even pauses for the entire afternoon and into the evening for a bit of Melbourne Cup race watching and drinks. Such is the nature of the ‘race that stops the nation’.


It’s a tradition I enjoy because it’s so foreign to me. We have a racetrack in Ottawa but it’s mostly frequented for meals and the casino inside. My family farm used to supply horse hay to the trainers but I’ve never once been to the races in Canada. Since moving to Brisbane, we’ve been to a few local race days and I absolutely love it. Getting dressed up, enjoying a day out looking classy and a few drinks with friends is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon. Staying classy all day is another story for most, I’m afraid to say!

I’m told that horse racing is big in Ireland, many of the horses in this year’s Melbourne Cup were from the Emerald Isle and supposedly, Galway’s major race event of the year every July is not one to be missed.

I wonder if these race days will always feel foreign and mysterious to me or if over time (and a closet full of fascinators), I will feel like I’ve always enjoyed a grand ole day out.

Published by Amy Maureen Lynch

Over the past decade, Amy Maureen Lynch has negotiated remote work arrangements, freelance client work and validated business ideas, in between living and working in Canada, Europe and Australia (and having three kids). She writes about travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work on her blog, where you can read about her experiences bringing her children into business settings and access flexible and remote work resources to help you navigate the future of work: notesfromanotherland.com. She produces and hosts the Mixing Babies And Business™ Podcast, parent-friendly professional development events, digital resources and advises others on creating inclusive and flexible work solutions at: mixingbabiesandbusiness.com Amy’s first book, Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience, is based on her journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

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